A new parish noticeboard has been installed close to the Hydestile Crossroads, clearly visible to people entering the village and replacing the old one on the bus shelter wall.
The board is made of oak and has a lockable cabinet. It was manufactured by the Norbury Park Sawmill, which is operated by the Surrey Wildlife Trust within the Norbury Park conservation area on the North Downs, which the Trust manages on behalf of Surrey County Council*.
All its timber is sourced from sustainably managed reserves, locally wherever possible, and uses traditional methods. This made it the obvious choice when Hambledon Parish Council decided it was time to replace the old and dilapidated board on the bus shelter wall.
The new board has been erected on the grass verge on the opposite side of the road. It can be seen clearly by passers-by and there is a field entry space where people can pull in to look at the notices.
Our picture shows the new board in position. Yet to receive any notices, it instead reflects back the listed Hydestile Farmhouse on the opposite side of the crossroads.
Villagers may have noticed that the two other parish noticeboards, on the wall of the village shop and opposite the Merry Harriers, have been renovated and reinstated, and thanks go to Martyn Grove for this work. Martyn and Tim Coleman installed the new board on Saturday (March 6th), with a little help from a passing John May.
The boards display details and agendas of forthcoming parish council meetings, which is a legal requirement. They also display other parish council news and, on application to the clerk, can be used to carry notification of village events.
The parish magazine and this website also carry parish council information, but noticeboards are still widely used across the country to keep villagers informed.
*Surrey County Council has announced that the Norbury sawmill is to close at the end of this month, after renegotiating its management agreement with Surrey Wildlife Trust. The council claims the sawmill, which produces a wide range of wood products made by skilled craftsmen using traditional methods, is lossmaking. This is disputed, and many Surrey residents have expressed outrage at the decision to close what is one of only very few traditional sawmills in the county.
A petition against its closure can be found here: http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SawmillHeritage/
For more information about the sawmill, please visit: https://www.norburyparksawmill.org.uk/